Retro and vintage style prom dresses will never get old – with their elegant silhouettes and timeless look, they’ll always be in fashion.

And of course girls, while picking the dress is the most important part, the fashion decisions for your prom or formal only start there. You also need to figure out the shoes, the hair and the jewellery. So it’s important to build in enough time.

So, let’s get started with a selection of a few of our classic retro formal dresses which we think will make you look and feel beautiful on your special night. Because let’s face it, these days there aren’t many occasions when you really get to dress up and wear an evening dress so you’ll want to make the most of it with something a little bit more special. And these dresses fit just that bill.

The Loretta Beige High Low Vintage Style Prom Dress

loretta beige high low vintage style prom dress
The Loretta Prom Dress – prom perfect.

This retro evening dress is all things vintage glam and gorgeous and what’s more, it’s made to order or even made to measure! Now if that isn’t guaranteed to make a girl feel special, knowing that her chosen formal or prom dress is getting made just for her. The Loretta is definitely a special occasion dress. Just some simple jewellery is enough to set it off. Plus there’s a lace up back which means the fit is adjustable. The high low hemline is a really elegant look for a special occasion. Pair it with sparkly high heels to finish off the look.

Elsa Vintage Style Off The Shoulder Dress

Elsa vintage style off the shoulder burgundy dress
How gorgeous is the Elsa – an off the shoulder dress ideal for formal occasions.

A beautiful vintage style dress with clean lines and a lovely off the shoulder neckline. And isn’t that neckline just perfect for when you want that elegant Hollywood movie star red carpet look. We’re thinking it’s a little bit Liz Taylor. What do you think?
Let’s face it, the only time you really get to wear an evening dress like that is to special occasions like a formal, prom or wedding, so why not take the opportunity to glam it up in retro style?

Victoria Off The Shoulder Lace Vintage Dress

Victoria off the shoulder champagne pink lace vintage dress
The Victoria Lace Vintage Dress – a lovely lace off the shoulder dress.

The Victoria is a lace retro dress available in champagne pink, ivory, burgundy, navy or dark green. So there’s bound to be a colour that will work for your colouring. It’s an elegant off the shoulder lace dress which will give you a feminine look for your prom or formal and make you feel graceful swishing around the dance-floor (whatever the style of music!).  Best of all too, since the Victoria dress doesn’t fall all the way to your ankles or even down to the ground, you won’t have to worry about you or anyone else tripping over it when you hit the dance floor.

Marilyn Monroe wore an off the shoulder dress when she was presenting at the 1951 Oscars and though that of course was a full floor length gown, the gorgeous effect of the off the shoulder neckline is undeniable.

Margot Navy Blue Lace Vintage Dress

Margot navy blue lace vintage dress
The Margot beautiful lace vintage style dress.

For the girls that love their lace but prefer a more modest neckline, the Margot’s got you covered.

This vintage style dress reminds us a little of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

In fact, you could think of the Margot as its shorter, slightly more hipper ‘little sister’ version.  It is not only gorgeous but you can also feel a little more comfortable and relaxed with that bit of extra coverage of the arms and chest. And those sweet buttons on the front!!

Theresa Organza Asymmetrical Prom Dress with Matching Bolero

The Theresa asymmetrical dress couldn’t be more appropriate for prom, it’s something really special.

The Theresa prom dress is a really special frock because you can wear it in two ways. You can have it just with the classic strapless neckline, or wear it with the little matching bolero for a higher neckline sleeveless look when you want a little more coverage or warmth. This really does make it the perfect dress for a prom or formal. Plus it comes in va vaa voom dark red or a softer less showy silver grey shade. Its modern twist with a high low hemline means you can wow the room by showing off a little leg and your heels.

Sophie Off The Shoulder 50s Evening Dress

Sophie off the shoulder 50s evening dress
The Sophie is a beautiful formal occasion dress.

And our final dress pick? The Sophie dress – an off the shoulder retro dress which is all things special not just for your prom or formal but well, for any special night out. It has a double layer and combines lace with tulle and satin for a stunning metallic effect that lifts it from an ordinary lace party dress into a lace evening dress fit for a prom princess.

But this is just our pick of a few of our favourites. Check out the full selection of our retro and vintage style prom or formal dresses.